Diaz Appointed COM’s First Asst. Dean of Admissions & Diversity
(BRYAN, TEXAS) — T. Sam Shomaker, M.D., J.D., Dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, announces the appointment of Ms. Leila E. Diaz, as the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Medicine’s first Assistant Dean of Admissions and Diversity.
Diaz began her new role on June 1, and as Assistant Dean of Admissions and Diversity will oversee programs for prospective and current students, faculty and staff that support the College’s strategy for promoting and developing diversity as a pathway to excellence.
“As one of the College of Medicine’s core values, diversity of all types is vital to our success as a medical school for Texas,” said Dr. Shomaker. “As Assistant Dean of Admissions and Diversity, Ms. Diaz will oversee efforts throughout the college that promote diversity of thought and diversity of background in our students, staff and faculty.”
Diaz earned a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology with a concentration in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University in 2003 and a Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas in 2006.
Since 2008, Diaz has served the TAMHSC College of Medicine as Director of Admissions where she works alongside the Associate Dean of Admissions providing leadership and directing the admissions process for the College.
Prior to joining the TAMHSC College of Medicine, Diaz work for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth for six years as assistant director of admissions and as Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) coordinator.
She currently serves as consultant for the JAMP Council; as secretary for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Southern Group on Student Affairs steering committee; and as a member of the Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.
Diaz is based out of the TAMHSC College of Medicine’s Temple campus.